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DC Defenders Partner With The Fan & Radio.com

“The Defenders join the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks as XFL teams to announce their radio home for the league’s inaugural season.”

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The DC Defenders will have a radio partnership for the upcoming inaugural XFL season, making Entercom’s 106.7 The Fan their flagship station.

According to the announcement by 106.7 The Fan, the station will carry four Defenders’ games from start to finish. All games will also be carried by Entercom’s digital platform RADIO.COM, with four of them being available through streaming only. The remaining two games in the Defenders’ 10-week schedule will begin on RADIO.COM, but joined in progress by The Fan. 

106.7 The Fan midday co-host Grant Paulsen will work as the Defenders’ radio play-by-play announcer. A station employee since they flipped to sports in 2009, Paulsen and his 106.7 The Fan co-host Danny Rouhier took over the midday timeslot in 2014, where they continue today from 10am – 2pm. 

On the call for the Defenders, the Grant and Danny co-host will be joined by former NFL tight-end Logan Paulsen as the broadcast’s analyst. After an eight-year NFL career including five-seasons with the Redskins, Paulsen retired in 2018 with 91 career receptions. 

The Defenders join the Seattle Dragons and Houston Roughnecks as XFL teams to announce their radio home for the league’s inaugural season. The St. Louis Battlehawks recently stated they won’t have a flagship radio partner, instead focusing on their social media presence. Other cities with XFL teams are Tampa Bay, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click 

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Erin Andrews: ‘I Panic Every Time I Have To Grab Bill Belichick’

“McAfee agreed with Andrews that it can be a fun game to crack a tough nut in the interview.”

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Courtesy: The Pat McAfee Show

Come for the sticks on puck, stay for the pitbull-Nick Saban comparisons.

Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews made her debut appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday and had some interesting things to say about interacting with coaches.

“The thing is for me is I just want them to respect me and know that I work my a*s off and I’m studying, and I’m not trying to ask dumb questions,” Andrews said on the show. “Look I panic, I sweat every time I have to grab Bill Belichick at halftime, and you know there’s been a couple times where I’ve been like, ‘ughhhhh crap! crap!'”

Andrews got her start in sports media working for Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter and would go on to work for ESPN from 2004-12 and has been at Fox Sports ever since. She respects plenty of coaches but not as much as the one she is naming her firstborn child after.

“I mean listen when I first interviewed Nick Saban,” Andrews recounted. “I used to be at arm’s length from him because I was so intimidated, I was so scared, I didn’t want to piss him off. Now I’m going to name my firstborn ‘Saban.’ This is coming from a Florida Gator, here’s one of my pompoms, because that guy’s just a god.”

McAfee agreed with Andrews that it can be a fun game to crack a tough nut in the interview.

“They also appreciate if you come with any type of confidence,” McAfee said in response. “I feel like with a lot of those people it’s almost like a pitbull right? If a pitbull senses that you’re scared at all, it’s a completely different game between you and the dog… If you just come in with confidence they appreciate that, and that’s why you crush it every time.”

Watch the full clip above.

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SiriusXM Planning 28 Hours Of Ryder Cup Coverage

“Greg Norman headlines the broadcast crew as an analyst alongside play-by-play voice Brian Katrek.”

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Courtesy: Ryder Cup

The 2020 Ryder Cup is just days away, and SiriusXM is covering all the angles surrounding golf’s premier international event. Schedulers postponed the event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The competition is happening in the U.S. this time around, with golfers flocking to Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, for the tournament from Sept. 24-26.

“The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting competitions in all of sports, and we’re thrilled to once again deliver fans the best and most comprehensive audio broadcast of the event,” SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a press release. “Our broadcast team will take our listeners inside the ropes at Whistling Straits, so they can experience all the pressure-packed moments live and feel as though they are walking the course alongside these great players.”

SiriusXM is airing 28 hours of live play-by-play coverage of the event, with first tee announcements set for 8 a.m. ET Friday on channel 92. Greg Norman headlines the broadcast crew as an analyst alongside play-by-play voice Brian Katrek.

Taylor Zarzour and Carl Paulson are working as the hosts and analysts for Ryder Cup morning matches. John Maginnes, Fred Albers, and Mark Carnevale are on-course reporters delivering live shot calls and updates on all the action at Whistling Straits. Colt Knost is filling the role of roving on-course analyst.

Gary Williams, Dennis Paulson, and Mark Lye are hosting a Ryder Cup pregame show each morning leading into the play-by-play. Chantal McCabe is joining the crew to co-host the pregame show on Sunday. After the matches end each day, Drew Stoltz, Jason Sobel, and Gary McCord have fans covered with reaction to all of the on-course play during a three-hour Ryder Cup postgame show.

The Ryder Cup’s turned into a back-and-forth affair between the United States and Europe over the last five years. The Americans came out on top in 2016, but the Europeans held serve three years ago when the event flipped back across the pond.

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Mark Rosen Returns To KFAN For 1st Time Since Wife’s Death

“Listeners and friends of the show reached out to the Rosen family after Denise’s death was announced on social media.”

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Mark Rosen was on KFAN for the first time since the end of last month today. He lost his wife Denise after a nearly three year battle with cancer.

He joined “Common Man” Dan Cole on KFAN’s mid day show. There was not much build up to the moment. Cole welcomed Rosen back and Rosen immediately began talking about the last few weeks and the end of his wife’s life.

“Wow, it’s good to be back. It really is,” Mark Rosen said. “It was really important for me to get back to you guys, my brothers here at the station.”

Denise Rosen was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor in 2018. Mark Rosen said that although he knew when his wife received the diagnoses that there was no cure, she had two good years before struggling the last six months. Denise passed away on August 30th. Mark described her passing as “peaceful” and “surrounded by love”.

“A lot of tears and some laughs. It was the way you want it. The way you want it to be.”

Listeners and friends of the show reached out to the Rosen family after Denise’s death was announced on social media. It was touching to Mark Rosen and his family.

“It meant so much to me and my kids, in particular, that people, who I’ve never met and maybe will never meet, reached out and sincerely offered their condolences and their good feelings.”

Mark Rosen was particularly blown away by Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan. Morgan lost his father to brain cancer. Rosen said that Morgan left him a detailed message that included the college student’s phone number in the event Rosen needed to talk.

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